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Stephanie King

Dr Stephanie King

Society in Science—Branco Weiss Research Fellow
Animal Biology, School of

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School of Animal Biology
The University of Western Australia (M092)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1773
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BSc(Hons) MRes PhD St And.
I'm a behavioural biologist with a primary focus on animal communication systems and how these systems have evolved to help mediate complex social behaviours. To date, much of my research has focused on the temporal and social aspects of vocal interactions in bottlenose dolphins, and their use of individually distinctive signature whistles. I have over a decade's worth of experience studying marine mammal acoustic communication, as well as extensive experience in assessing the consequences of anthropogenic noise disturbance on marine mammal populations. My current research interests lie with exploring the role vocal communication plays in mediating complex social behaviours, such as cooperation, in animal systems. I continue to use bottlenose dolphins as a model system, with the aim of understanding how dynamic social environments may influence and shape the communicative strategies that animals employ when making decisions of when and with whom to cooperate. Current projects include a long-term study of the male alliances found in the Shark Bay dolphin population, providing a unique opportunity to understand how vocal communication strategies may have evolved to facilitate male cooperation.

King SL, & McGregor P.M. (2016) Vocal Matching: the what, the why and the how. Biology Letters. 12(10): 20160666.

King SL, Allen SJ, Connor RC, & Jaakkola K. (2016). Cooperation or dolphin 'tug-of-war'? Comment on Kuczaj et al. and Eskelinen et al. Animal Cognition. DOI 10.1007/s10071-016-1026-x

Hiley H, Perry S, Hartley S, & King SL (2016). What’s Occurring? Ultrasonic signature whistle use in Welsh bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Bioacoustics. DOI:10.1080/09524622.2016.1174885

King SL, Guarino E, Donegan K, Hecksher J, Jaakkola K (2016). Further insights into postpartum signature whistle use in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Marine Mammal Science. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12317

King SL, Guarino E, Keaton L, Erb L, & Jaakkola K (2016). Maternal signature whistle use aids mother-calf reunions in a bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. Behavioural Processes. 126: 64-70

Donovan C, Harwood J, King, SL, Booth C, Caneco B, Walker C (2016). Expert Elicitation Methods in Quantifying the Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance from Offshore Renewable Energy Developments. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 875: 231-237.

Harwood J, King, SL, Booth C, Donovan C, Schick RS, Thomas L, New L (2016). Understanding the Population Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance for Marine Mammals. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 875: 417-423


King SL (2015). You talkin’ to me? Interactive playback is a powerful yet underused tool in animal communication research. Biology Letters. 11: 20150403

King SL, Schick RS, Donovan CD, Booth CG, Burgman M, Thomas L, & Harwood J (2015). An Interim Framework for Assessing the Population Consequences of Disturbance. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6(10): 1150–1158

King SL & Janik VM (2015). Come dine with me: food associated social signalling in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Animal Cognition. 18(4):969-74.


King SL, Harley HE, & Janik VM (2014). The role of signature whistle matching in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Animal Behaviour 96: 79-86.


King SL & Janik VM (2013). Bottlenose dolphins can use learned vocal labels to address each other. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110 (32): 13216-13221

King SL, Sayigh L, Wells R, Fellner W, & Janik, VM (2013). Vocal copying of individually distinctive signature whistles in bottlenose dolphins. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280: 1757.

Janik VM, King SL, Sayigh LS, Wells RS (2013). Identifying signature whistles from recordings of groups of unrestrained bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Marine Mammal Science 29(1):109-122.
Funding received
2015 - 2020 Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellowship (CHF 500,000) administered by ETH Zurich

2015 – 2020 Early Career Researcher Fellowship Support Program (AU$ 30,000) from the University of Western Australia.
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